Finalists announced: Queensland ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition 2022 - Elders Rural Services
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Finalists announced: Queensland ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition 2022

Plenty of eager faces were on show at the annual ALPA training school in Rockhampton this month, as the top 10 young auctioneers for the QLD state finals were announced.

Representing Elders is Creeden Weir from Elders Emerald, as well as Wyatt Wrigley of Eastern Rural Dalby, who returns as a finalist for another year following his qualification in 2021.

For first-time finalist Creeden, the decision to join the training school came after strong encouragement from his branch manager Don Tucker, who says both education and industry competition is an important part of the journey for all young agents.

“To bring along the next generation of auctioneers, you really need to continue supporting events like the ALPA competition,” said Mr Tucker.

“Creeden is a hard-working member of our team, so we wanted to see him attend the training school in Rockhampton.

Given the time he puts in, both at the weekly sales here in Emerald and for his clients every day of the week, it was no surprise to us that he has made it through as a finalist.

“He has a genuine passion for his job and his clients really value the support he provides to their businesses. He deserves this and we wish him all the best for the state finals in July.”

Starting with Elders as a Livestock Sales Trainee in 2017, Creeden gained experience under Tom Kennedy, QLD Live Exports Manager, which included time spent in the Charters Towers and Townsville regions. He then went on to join the Elders Emerald branch and has become a mainstay in the local area since.

He says the competition has allowed him to meet up with other up-and-comers in the industry, while also building on his skills as an auctioneer.

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Agents from across Queensland attended the two-day training school at CQLX Rockhampton. Image courtesy of the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association Ltd.

“Both the training school and the competition are in some ways different from selling week-to-week at the local saleyards,” says Mr Weir.

“It gives you those tools to aim for a higher level of professionalism when selling live, which is really important to develop as a young agent.

“There was a lot of support from Elders to be a part of the school, both from my manager and other agents who have done it before.

“It’s an opportunity I would recommend to any young auctioneers.

“I’m not sure what to expect with the finals, could go either way for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

All finalists selected at the training school will now go on to compete at the state finals of the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers’ Competition, to be held in Roma on Tuesday 26 July.

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